In October, Veterinarians for Animal Welfare in Zimbabwe, got a call from someone worried about a neighbor’s litter of puppies. They went to investigate and found three four-month old puppies in good shape. But a fourth puppy was lying listlessly on his side.  He managed a tiny wag of his tail, but that was the best he could do.

The owner of the puppies came out of the house and explained that  she wanted to keep the three healthy puppies, but that she had no use for the little sick one. Sadly, the puppies’ mother had died giving birth.

Sam, as he came to be called, was literally at death’s door. His little front legs were crooked, he was starving, and he could barely move. They took him straightway to the Chisipite Vets, where it was discovered that he had a serious medical condition as well.

Thanks to the very dedicated treatment he received, he not only survived, but he now looks like a different pup altogether.  His legs straightened out, his fur grew, and despite his sad beginning, “He loves everyone he meets.”  Now healed, Sam is looking for his forever home.

Meryl Harrison, Chief Animal Welfare Inspector, who never seems to stop, saves countless animals from cruelty cases.  She gained a reputation a while back for intervening, with remarkable courage, during some of the farm invasions in Zimabawe to save the animals. Now she rescues donkeys and cows from cruelty, seeing to it that those who abuse animals are prosecuted. VAWZ saves a great many dogs that find themselves in really difficult situations.

To read more about the work being done by this remarkable group, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of VAWZ

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